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Louisville One of the Best Communities for Young People

Tuesday September 21, 2010

Win marks city’s fourth year earning award

The efforts of Louisville civic and community leaders were honored today when America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to youth and children, announced the city had been named a winner of the Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People (100 Best) competition presented by ING. Its 2010 recognition marks the fourth win for Louisville in the competition.

The 100 Best designation recognizes those communities that make youth a priority by implementing programs that help keep children in school and prepare them for college and the 21st century workforce.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized nationally for our commitment to the young people of our community,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “We are dedicated to keeping kids in school and preparing them for the future so they can become tomorrow’s leaders.”

“Across Louisville, our friends, neighbors, and community leaders are fighting to make sure our young people have every opportunity to reach their fullest potential,” said Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3). “This award recognizes the exceptional work of all of the partners in this effort to make Louisville the place every one of our citizens loves to call home.”

Louisville was named one of the nation’s 100 Best because of the city’s deep commitment to its youngest residents and its clear vision for their success. This commitment was displayed most notably in the city’s active participation from all sectors in creating a Youth Vision and a “YouthPrint” – an effort planning for an out-of-school-time youth development system to improve outcomes for youth.

Additionally, government officials, community groups, faith leaders, and K-12 superintendents and university presidents have worked together to forge the “Greater Louisville Education Commitment” to increase educational attainment, cut the region’s dropout rate in half by 2018 and identify postsecondary education and career opportunities for area youth.

Service to others is central to Louisville’s youth initiatives. Schools and community service networks provide “serve and learn” portals to match youth to volunteer opportunities. The Martin Luther King Day of Service involves more than 4,000 young people who perform service projects throughout the community. Since 2001 more than 450 unemployed and undereducated young people participating in YouthBuild have built or rehabilitated low-income housing units, providing community improvements while continuing their education and learning pursuits for career-path skills and trades.

“Louisville serves as an example to inspire and educate other communities across the nation to tackle the challenges facing their city and children, and to implement initiatives that give them the essential resources they need to succeed in life,” said Marguerite W. Kondracke, America’s Promise Alliance President and CEO.

On September 21, 2010, Louisville and the other winners spanning 37 states were recognized at a ceremony in front of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The entire 2010 list of 100 Best Communities for Young People and their accomplishments can be found at

About 100 Best

First held in 2005, 100 Best honors communities large and small, rural and urban, that are making progress to help young people achieve their potential, which includes earning a high school diploma, securing a good job, and playing an active, productive role in America’s economic vitality. This year, more than 350 communities in 50 states registered online for the 100 Best distinction at

Being a 100 Best community not only demonstrates commitment to local young people; the award fosters local pride, bolsters economic development and shines the spotlight on the people and programs that are building better communities. The competition also facilitates the sharing of best practices among communities nationwide regarding education, access to health care, reading score improvement, youth service and pre-school enrollment, among many other areas.